Abramelin Oil

written by David Bersson

Oil of Abramelin

8 parts Cinnamon essential oil
4 parts Myrrh essential oil
2 parts Galangal essential oil
7 parts Olive oil

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

A new translation of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin has turned up where occult scholars are stating that Galangal isn't the word at all in the translation but Calamus. It should be carefully noted that the recipe from Book 4 is my guide and not either translation of the Sacred Magick of Abramelin. With regards to translations of any old book on magic my habit is to take the direction of workability. I have already explained in other lectures that some of these old books on magic have traps in them to scare fools away and in some cases were even written by mentally disturbed people. I might add I've never complied with any magic book that instructs me to cut a living branch. Nor do I sacrifice chickens or goats on the word of any ancient or modern text or anyone for that matter who would engage in such stupid cruelty to animals for the sake of temporary power only to dissipate in a manner of days. Clearly, this error of Galangal for Calamus has no relevance for me at all. I adhere to the instruction & symbolism in Book 4, Part II, Chapter V. The Sacred Magic of Abramelin was written in 1458 e.v. and it is clearly worthy of study. No doubt, to work such an operation which in Mather's translation takes six months you would have to make many changes to adapt it to pragmatic workability. I might comment that with regards to official instruction in our curriculum we have Liber Samekh and Liber VIII (The Ritual Proper for the Invocation of Augoeides) which in combination for the Adept Minor are sufficient even if the Sacred Magic of Abramelin had never been found and translated. The symbolism of the Holy Oil in Book 4 has deep meaning for me and I most certainly will not change the recipe of my Oil based on the latest translation of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin.

Occult scholars can be very useful to the working magician but it is up to the magician to make decisions based on their research. Too many of them are not magicians at all but want a be magicians struggling with their research to compensate for their lack of natural talent where they have aspirations that are inconsisent with reality. In such a case they are neither lazy nor stupid. The real issue is whether they are of us and therefore can really concentrate on priorities not being able to know magically what to do. They can be very annoying to real magicians who do real magick. I have already pointed out that the DNA of magicians is still recessive in humanity from 1500 years of inquisition, persecution and political transitions. Such people who have no natural talent for magick who research magick can only be taken seriously so far. The real magician will know from experience what needs to be done while those who are not of us will never quite get anything right. It should otherwise be an important revelation that if you murder and torture all the mystics for such a long period of time the likelihood of the type of researcher to be born who struggles to return to the magick unsuccessfully are going outnumber those who are born to talent with magick. All this is important to note when a new translation comes out with a book like the Sacred Magic.

I absolutely agree with Aleister Crowley's method where you discard the messy Myrrh resin and finely ground Cinnamon and make it into distilled essential oils with olive oil. Therefore any debate on the issue of the translation error of Galangal and Calamus is irrelevant since it was never done the way it was laid out in Mather's translation in the first place.

As for the version that is officially used both translations should be in your library. I do not use and never will use the Abramelin Oil that uses Calamus instead of Galangal but it is a matter of preference. If the symbolism that corresponds to the one or the other makes sense to you I proclaim tolerance with both noting I most certainly cannot state one method is better than the other unless you as do as I do to prefer to do it the way Aleister Crowley devised it where the symbolism is carefully detailed in Book 4.

What makes it all fit together to be proper is the symbolism. The symbolism of the following version of Abramelin Oil has already been worked out and makes sense for me. Aleister Crowley's method is the one I use. This does not mean I would contradict those who would do it for other Paths.

So here is the recipe of my preference that Aleister Crowley worked out where he uses distilled essential oils.

8 parts Cinnamon essential oil
4 parts Myrrh essential oil
2 parts Galangal essential oil
7 parts Olive oil

I should state that I comply with no dogma nor so called tradition nor method of magick save those which work and make sense for my will upon the path. If an ancient magical book tells me I need the blood of a goat on a talisman I am not going to immediately accept anything of the sort. Rather, I am going to adapt the spell to comply with the truth of its manifestation based on my experience with magick. If anything, I will a greater percentage of the time make the ancient magic flow with its full force or make it manifest even stronger than the ancient magician conceived.

All this might seem to be baffling to the magician who finds or translates an ancient book on magic only to find apparent contradictions or even savagery in its contents. I dare to change anything or keep anything from these books that fits the will of my path. No one tells me what to do with regards to changes in Abramelin Oil nor what should be or should not be a bloody sacrifice.

It is all beyond the rationalizations of the occult scholar that the real magician knows magically what to do. It is all beyond the petty and worthless objections of those who mistake dogma & tradition for the purging of the rituals of old to comply with the alignment of the 93 Current where the real magick flows with its proper intensity.

In the scenario of those objections of Abramelin Oil this principle must not be overlooked as an important insight.

For Aleister Crowley knew magically what to do with regards to this Oil and you need only carefully study Book 4 and the great genius with regards to the depth of his corresponding symbolism where it all will make sense to you.

Love is the law, love under will

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